By Charlie Dulik & Alexandra Fennell Like every major American city, New York is deeply spatially divided along racial lines, due to redlining, residential segregation and discrimination. Arguably no place exhibits this more clearly than north Brooklyn’s Broadway Triangle, the intersection of white Williamsburg, predominantly Latino Bushwick and traditionally black … [Read more...] about Churches United for Fair Housing: Organizing and Litigating Against Exclusionary Housing Policies in Brooklyn
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By Erin Boggs, Sam Brill & Lisa Dabrowski Introduction Open Communities Alliance (OCA), a Connecticut-based civil rights non-profit that advocates for balanced affordable housing placement, launched in 2014. Because a central part of our advocacy message is that, along with investments in under-resourced areas, it is critical that low-income families of color have access … [Read more...] about Do Housing Choice Voucher Holders Want to Move to Opportunity?
By Theodore Shaw This year marks the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. As originally written by the Founding Fathers, the Constitution was deeply flawed by its compromises with slavery. From the day it was adopted, a cataclysmic struggle over the issue was inevitable. The reckoning came in the form of a … [Read more...] about On the Sesquicentennial of the Fourteenth Amendment
By: Shaun Donovan, Former Secretary of the Department for Housing and Urban Development The Kerner Commission report was a remarkable leap forward in at least three ways. First, most importantly, it represented our government stating the unvarnished truth about race relations in our country. In response to three simple questions from President Johnson—What happened? … [Read more...] about Honoring the Promise
By Sherrilyn Ifill People think: everybody has a race, and so everybody knows about race. But civil rights is actually an incredibly complex discipline. To do this work, certainly to do this work as a litigator, requires that you understand history, that you understand sociology, that you understand economics, that you understand political science, that you understand … [Read more...] about A Matter of Democratic Survival